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More Than 1,500 Higher Education Leaders to Gather in Washington for ACE's 95th Annual Meeting

February 25, 2013

ACE's 95th Annual Meeting


What might be the impact on American colleges and universities of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other technology-driven changes? What steps can college and university presidents take to increase the number of students who complete their degrees and what are the key leadership roles and relationships that promote campus internationalization? These are just a few of the issues more than 1,500 leaders will discuss at ACE's 95th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, March 2-5, 2013.

Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller, edX President Anant Agarwal, The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee and New York Times columnist David Brooks are among the panelists and speakers who will address these topics and more.

The meeting will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and will explore the theme “Leading Change.” Twitter users can join the conversation by following @ACEducation and using the hashtag #LeadingChange13. Regular updates also are available on the Annual Meeting Facebook page.

Meeting highlights:

Saturday, March 2

Christine Brennan, an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today, will deliver the keynote address, “Title IX at 40: The Law that Changed a Nation,” at the Women's Leadership Dinner.

The Donna Shavlik Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated sustained commitment to women's advancement in higher education, and the ACE Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the dinner. Prior to the dinner, the ACE Women’s Network will host its yearly reception, where the State Network Leadership Award will be presented.

Saturday also will feature a panel of college and university presidents from Latin America and an international welcome reception.

Sunday, March 3

William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, will deliver the Robert H. Atwell Lecture at Sunday evening’s opening plenary. In addition, the ACE Council of Fellows will hold a workshop on higher education and technology, “Is Technology Leading the Change?”

Monday, March 4

Monday’s first plenary speaker is New York Times columnist David Brooks, author of three books, including The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, published by Random House. After he speaks, the Corporation for National and Community Service will present the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The next plenary session, “Expanding and Enriching Study in the Americas,” features a panel of college presidents and federal and non-governmental organization experts. Also Monday morning, ACE will hold a panel discussion about the findings of a newly released study, “Pathways to the Presidency, Characteristics of Higher Education’s Senior Leadership.”

Monday's lunch plenary highlights a report by the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment. The Commission’s chair and vice-chairs—E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University; Andrew K. Benton, president of Pepperdine University (CA); Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College (NY), and George A. Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State College (NJ)—will be joined in a panel discussion about “Prioritizing Completion” by U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter.

During the lunch, Edward Van Dolsen, TIAA-CREF executive vice president and president for retirement and individual financial services, will present the Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, and ACE will hold its annual business meeting and name the incoming Board of Directors.

Additional highlights include the following policy and practice forums:

  • “From Rhetoric to Reality: Presidents as Catalysts for Internationalization”
  • “Fixing College: Is the Business Model Broken?”
  • “Higher Education and the Nation’s Employers: Charting Paths to Meet Workforce Needs of the 21st Century”
  • “Higher Education and the Public Interest: Can this Marriage Be Saved?”
  • “Courts and the Colleges: Current Legal Cases and Their Impact on Higher Education”

Tuesday, March 5

The Tuesday morning plenary session is entitled, “Learning Without Boundaries: MOOCs and the Future of Higher Education,” and features Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller, edX President Anant Agarwal, Duke University (NC) Provost Peter Lange and Kevin P. Reilly, president of the University of Wisconsin System.

The closing plenary lunch session will feature an address by Rehema Ellis, chief education correspondent for NBC News, entitled “Raising the Education Bar: How American Universities and Colleges Can Lead the Change in the Global Future.”
Concurrent sessions will include:

  • “Under Siege: Guns on Campus"
  • “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done: Partnerships and Initiatives that Foster Academic Success for Minority Males”
  • “Military and Veteran Community Services: Defining Veteran-Friendly Strategies for Your Institution”

Award Presentations

In addition to the awards mentioned previously, other honors to be given at the Annual Meeting include the ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor's Award* (March 3), the ACE Adult Learner of the Year Award (March 5), and the Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award (March 5).

For more information, visit the Annual Meeting website.

* ACE and Fidelity Investments ® are independent entities and are not legally affiliated. The recipients of the Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor's Award are elected solely by the Executive Committee of the Council of Fellows. Fidelity employees are not involved, in any way, in determining, selecting or approving the recipient or amount of any award. The selection criteria and guidelines for the award may be obtained directly from ACE.

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